The National Republican Congressional Committee is pulling its ad support for Michelle Bachmann (italics mine):
Five days after Rep. Michele Bachmann went on a McCarthy-esque rant suggesting Barack Obama was unpatriotic and urging the major newspapers of the country to investigate anti-American sentiment in Congress, the national Republican political parties are running for cover.
Two sources aware of ad buys in Minnesota say that the National Republican Congressional Committee is pulling its media purchases from Bachmann’s race. If true, it is a remarkable fall for a congresswoman who, until recently, seemed relatively safe in her predominantly conservative district. The race had become closer in recent days — the NRCC had transferred funds from Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to Bachmann a little over a week ago.
In the days following her appearance on Hardball, however, Bachmann has watched as her challenger, El Tinklenberg raised more than a million dollars off her incendiary remarks. That surge in fundraising put Bachmann’s re-election in a far less certain position.
I’m not sure what’s going on here, but I’m guessing that the NRCC is figuring that even if they were to flood this race with money, it wouldn’t affect the outcome either way. Still, it’s nice to see that the Dirty Fucking Hippies on the Internetz could influence a race.
Additional thought: Even if Bachmann wins, she’s not going to feel warm fuzzy thoughts about the Republican leadership. This will only exacerbate the Republican crackup…